Managing Projects within Organizations (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition)

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Project-based operations have become the norm in today's business world. In essence, almost every work effort is a project, from constructing a new building to designing and delivering a new information management system. As projects become the primary method for getting things done and effecting organizational change, it is crucial to choose a good and proven method for managing projects. However, projects cannot be properly managed in a silo. Every aspect of project management is affected by the organization, the social environment, the project's stakeholders, both internal and external, and many other aspects of the context in which the project is carried out. Understanding this context is critical to good planning and good decision making as the project progresses toward achieving its objectives. This course provides an overview of the project management discipline as outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Specifically, it introduces the characteristics of a project, the responsibilities that accompany project management, and the differences between portfolios, programs, and projects. The course will identify key project management concepts and terms and provide information about the variables that can influence project outcomes. It will also cover the project stakeholders and the organizational influences on a project. This course provides a foundational knowledge base reflecting the most up–to-date project management information so learners can effectively put principles to work in their own organizations. This course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMI® certification exam. This course is aligned with the PMBOK® Guide - Fifth Edition, published by PMI®, Inc., 2013. Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI®.

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Existing project managers pursuing certification in recognition of their skills and experience, or others training to become accredited project managers

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Managing Projects within Organizations (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition)

  • recognize examples of a project
  • identify the characteristics of a project
  • identify the fundamental responsibilities of a project manager
  • distinguish between the three types of project management competencies
  • recognize key concepts about various project structures used to facilitate project management within an organization
  • match project stakeholders with their roles in a project
  • identify a project manager's key responsibilities regarding stakeholders
  • match organizational stakeholders with their interests in a project
  • determine how given factors and conditions may influence a project
  • identify the organizational attributes that influence projects
  • determine how a given organizational structure may influence a project
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